Plains Indian-style Breastplate
HK Item #BBN131
Paula says: "A Lakota friend who does authentication for museums said he thought the metal portions were likely "German Silver" and they might be Plains Indian made but that someone repurposed those pieces into a new necklace using contemporary bone hair pipe beads and silver tone beads. Since we have no provenance on this item, we are just selling it as is."
2" long bone hair pipe beads.
Hair pipe refers to long hollow beads usually, but not always, having tapered ends. The term "hair pipe" was likely coined by early white traders who saw indians wearing the long beads as hair ornaments.
Hair pipe is thought to have been originally made of conch shell by southeastern Indians (Chickasaw, Creeks, and Cherokee).Some of the oldest shell hair pipes, discovered in Tennessee, are estimated to be from 4,000 years ago.
Hair pipe of bone
appeared around the late 1800s when white traders brought corn cob pipes to the
Ponca Indians of the midwest - the Poncas found that the bone pipe stems made
excellent hair pipes. Later, hair pipe was made of glass, brass, silver, horn
and other materials.
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inheritances, estate sales, private collections, and store liquidations. We'll
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|A dark or colored film of oxidation that forms naturally on metal exposure to air and other elements. It is often valued for its aesthetically pleasing appearance.|
|30 years or older.|
|New Old Stock. Retail store inventory from at least 10 years ago.|
|An item that has been used.|